Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge packs everything that’s great about the flagship Galaxy S6 into an even more desirable body. But the curved display isn’t just about an eye-catching aesthetic, it can also be used in a variety of clever ways. We’ve got a range of Galaxy S6 Edge tips that will help you get to grips with the basics, and uncover a few interesting features that you may not yet have mastered.
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How to choose Edge sides, use the night clock, add favorite contacts, send a quick reply, and use Edge feeds.
The first thing you’ll want to do with the Edge display is choose the side that suits you best for one-handed operation. Go to Settings > Edge screen > Edge screen position and you can pick Right side or Left side.
How to use the night clock and alarm
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There’s no need to have a bedside alarm clock anymore, because the S6 Edge has got it covered. Go to Settings > Edge screen > Night clock. Choose the times when you usually sleep and the clock will come on automatically. As long as you’re not in the habit of sleeping more than 12 hours, it should serve you well. If you want to set up an alarm, then go to Apps > Clock > Alarm. If you find the alarm options limited, it might be worth trying out an app like Timely.
How to add favorite contacts to the Edge
Go to Settings > Edge screen > People edge > My people, choose the contacts you want and put them in order. You can also swipe the transparent tab just above the middle of the Edge screen, and tap the plus icon to quickly add a contact from your list. Each person can have their own color, and there’s a choice of blue, green, yellow, orange, or purple. When you tap a contact you’ll get the option to call or message them. Make sure that any numbers and email addresses you have for that person are correct in your Contacts app.
Next, go to Missed call, Messages, and Email in Edge screen > Select notifications. Here you can ensure that when you miss an incoming call or message from a favorite contact, a small tab will appear on the Edge display. Swipe it out and you’ll see what you missed.
Your top contacts light up your Edge display in a specific color when they call or message you. Set this up by visiting Settings > Edge screen. When a favorite contact calls, and the S6 Edge is lying face down on a flat surface, the Edge display will light up and pulse in the relevant color.
How to send a quick reply
If you’ve set up the People Edge with your favorite contacts and a call comes in while you’re busy, there’s a really nifty way to send a quick message to let them know it’s not a good time. Go to Settings > Edge screen > Edge lighting > Quick reply and pop in a quick auto message. Switch the feature on and when a call comes in, simply hold down your finger on the heart rate sensor for a couple of seconds, and your quick reply message will be sent. Very cool.
How to use feeds
If you want the Edge to show a ticker tape readout of handy information, then hit Settings > Edge screen > Information stream. Tap Reorder at the top right to change the line-up, and tap the box at the top of each stream to include it. You’ll find that choices are limited to begin with. There’s Briefing feed — that’s all about notifications —Yahoo! News, Twitter trends, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, and a separate Weather option. If you tap Manage feeds, and then Download feeds, you’ll find more options for things like RSS feeds, caller ID, and news. We expect to see more added in time. Once set up, swiping across the Edge display will bring the Information stream up. You can decide how long it takes before timing out in Settings > Edge screen > Information stream > Edge screen timeout.
How to search your phone, add storage, print wirelessly, improve the audio, and track your lost phone.
How to find anything on your phone
As your S6 Edge fills up it can become more difficult to find what you want, when you want it. Samsung’s answer is S Finder, which you’ll find in the notification panel at the bottom left. Just swipe down from the top of the screen, tap S Finder, and type in your search. It covers all your files, apps, and contacts, but it can also search for settings, and it’s a lot faster than digging around.
How to add storage
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There’s no option to add a microSD card into the S6 Edge, but you can boost your storage in other ways. The S6 Edge supports USB OTG. If you buy any USB OTG cable, then you can plug any USB drive into it. You could even pair it with a microSD card and USB SD card reader. If you already have a microSD card, then this is definitely your cheapest option.
You might also consider a Wi-Fi storage drive of some type. They are quite expensive, but they can serve multiple devices.
How to print wirelessly
You can print directly from your S6 Edge to any Wi-Fi printer on your network. Head into Settings and you’ll find Printing listed under Connect and share. There might be some options pre-installed, but most likely you’ll need to add your printer. The link to add a plug-in will take you to the Play Store to search for your printer’s software. Once installed, turn it on and you should be able to link your S6 Edge to your printer. Whenever you want to print something, tap the Share option and you’ll find Print, then select your printer.
How to improve headphone sound
Find a quiet environment and plug your choice of earphones into your S6 Edge. Go to Settings > Sounds and notifications > Sound quality and effects > Adapt Sound. When you turn it on you’ll be prompted to run through a series of tests that should tailor the sound on your S6 Edge to suit you. If you’re a little skeptical then tap to listen to the original sound and your personalized version to hear the difference. Back in the Sound quality and effects menu, you’ll also find SoundAlive+ for a surround effect, and TubeAmp, which simulates the sound from a tube amplifier.
How to track your S6 Edge
It’s worth taking some precautions to help you locate your S6 Edge should you ever lose it in future. Samsung offers a special Find My Mobile service. Go to Settings > Lock screen and security > Find My Mobile and log in with your Samsung account. Turn Remote controls, Google locations service, and Reactivation lock on. If your phone goes missing, then go to the Find My Mobile website and log in with your Samsung account. You’ll be able to lock it, remote wipe the data on it, turn Emergency mode on, and even ring the device.
We’ve reached the end of the S6 Edge tips, but we’ll add new tips in future, and you can check out our Galaxy S6 tips for more options that will work with your S6 Edge.